Whitey Bulger: Attorney makes plea for judge’s recusal to federal appeals court

James "Whitey" Bulger

Alleged mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger has yet to go to trial, but he is already taking his issues to the federal appeals court.

Bulger’s lawyer, J. W. Carney Jr., argued before a panel of judges for the First Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday morning that the judge in Bulger’s case should recuse himself.

“The trial must be overseen by a judge who is not connected to the most infamous period in federal law enforcement history in Boston,” Carney told a group of reporters after presenting his argument to the judges. “The integrity of our federal judicial process depends on it.”

Bulger, through Carney, has appealed District Court Judge Richard Stearns’ decision to not recuse himself from the case. Bulger has claimed that he was given immunity by a former US Attorney and that Stearns’ work in that office before he was appointed a judge should be reason for him not to oversee Bulger’s trial.

Zach Hafer, an assistant US attorney, dismissed Bulger’s immunity claim and said “there’s no basis either factual or legal” that should prevent Stearns from overseeing the trial.

The prosecutor also called Bulger’s claim of immunity “outlandish” and “unsupported.”

Carney has refused to release the details of Bulger’s claim of immunity and said those would be brought up during the trial when Bulger will testify.

Before Carney completed listing his reasons as to why Stearns should recuse himself, the panel of judges interrupted him when he brought up the immunity issue.

Judge Bruce Selya said Carney’s inability to provide more information on his immunity claim may “undermine” parts of his argument.

During the arguments, Carney did reveal that Bulger was promised immunity sometime during or after the majority of his alleged murders were carried out.

Pressed by Judge David Souter, Carney said Bulger was promised immunity sometime before 1984, but did not get more specific. Carney has previously said that former US Attorney Jeremiah O’Sullivan, who died in 2009, was the one to promise the alleged mob boss immunity.

The majority of the 19 murders that Bulger is accused of occurred before 1984.

After hearing the arguments, Tommy Donahue, whose father was allegedly killed by Bulger in 1982, said Carney made good points.

Donahue said he didn’t want to see Stearns step down, unless it was going to delay the trial.

“If it’s going to be all of this then yeah he should step down,”  he said.

A ruling is not likely for months.

Bulger is scheduled to go to trial in June.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels Kansas concert, condition unknown,…

Singer Miley Cyrus was hospitalized on Tuesday night after suffering what is believed to be 'a severe allergic reaction' to antibiotics medication. The 21-year-old Bangerz…

News

Explosions in new Boston Marathon bomb panic, 'twisted'…

A fresh Boston Marathon terror alert, which caused Bomb Squad officers to order an evacuation while two controlled explosions were carried out, was today being…

Local

Bomb squad detonates backpacks left at Marathon finish…

The Boston Marathon finish line has been evacuated and the Copley Square T station has been closed as police investigate a suspicious package, WBZ is reporting.

National

Reddit boosts news capabilities in social media turf…

By Jennifer SabaNEW YORK (Reuters) - Reddit, a website with a retro-'90s look and space-alien mascot that tracks everything from online news to celebrity Q&As,…

Entertainment

Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels Kansas concert, condition unknown,…

Singer Miley Cyrus was hospitalized on Tuesday night after suffering what is believed to be 'a severe allergic reaction' to antibiotics medication. The 21-year-old Bangerz…

Television

'Orphan Black's' Jordan Gavaris talks Felix's Season 2…

Jordan Gavaris plays heroically helpful foster sibling Felix to main clone Sarah on "Orphan Black." We talked to him about what’s ahead for him in…

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, April 15: 'New Girl,'…

'New Girl' Nick and Jess are hiding their breakup from the other loft residents. And Winston passes the police academy exam! That guy needed some…

Television

'Orphan Black' is back with 'crazy clone shenanigans'

“Orphan Black” is the little show that could. It had a few things working against it: a sci-fi premise, attracting an audience who had never…

MLB

MLB video highlights: White Sox beat Red Sox…

Red Sox fall on walk-off error to White Sox

NBA

NBA Draft Lottery day is May 20: Celtics…

NBA Draft Lottery day is Tuesday, May 20: Celtics percentage odds for a top overall pick

MLB

Opinion: Major League Baseball replay system shouldn't be…

Opinion: Major League Baseball replay system shouldn't be dumped just yet

NHL

Bruins - Red Wings preview: David Krejci ready…

Bruins - Red Wings preview: David Krejci ready to erupt once again in playoffs

Home

Steal home decorating tips from Nattystyle blogger Natalie…

Despite the towering ceilings and enviable exposed brick, it’s easy to see how Natalie Decleve’s apartment could be considered a challenge. Perched above the streets…

Home

How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…

Style

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show moving to England

It will still broadcast on CBS this fall.

Tech

Google Glass finally goes on sale for regular…

The Google Glass finally went on sale for regular people. It only costs $1,500.